Who We Are - Team
Simon Aspland (Vice President of Business Development and Intellectual Property) has co-founded and managed four biotechnology companies: Stell (technology acquired by Sangamo Biosciences), Arginetix (acquired by AstraZeneca), ZuvaChem and most recently AgriMetis. He joined Acidophil in 2002, initially managing biological testing of novel natural product derived cancer therapeutics before transitioning to company creation and management in 2006. Prior to joining Acidophil, he co-founded and managed research at Stell, engineering cells for xenotransplantation. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego working on proto-oncogenes following graduate and postdoctoral work at the University of Cambridge on developmental genetics.
Brian Green PhD (Director of Research) joined Acidophil in 2010 and is a co-founder of AgriMetis. Prior to joining Acidophil he conducted postdoctoral work focused on studying genome evolution, virulence, and basic biology of the fungal pathogen Candida glabrata at Johns Hopkins University. He received his doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco in Genetics where he studied genomic damage and rearrangements associated with cancer progression. He has authored peer-reviewed articles published in numerous journals, including Science.
Andrew Calabrese (Director of Chemistry) gaijoined Acidophil in 2014, upon the formation of AgriMetis. Since 2002 he has worked in a variety of project and managerial roles for Pfizer and Celgene in a broad range of therapeutic areas. He has worked on and led projects that have delivered 9 small molecule novel chemical entities (NCE)’s into clinical development one of which in now in Phase 2. He gained a PhD in chemistry focused on natural product total synthesis from University College, London, following on from his undergraduate studies in chemistry at Oxford University. His post-doctoral work was on novel applications of the Birch reduction to heterocyclic compounds.
Kathy Miller MBA CPA (Director of Finance and Administration) is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an MBA from Loyola College in Baltimore, where she concentrated in Finance. She has extensive experience in the areas of budgeting and financial reporting. She began her career as a staff accountant for Ernst & Young, spent eight years as Accounting Manager with a Maryland publishing company, and was the Assistant Controller at Class Produce Group before joining Red Abbey LLC, an affiliate of Acidophil.